1959 National Challenge Cup

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The 1959 National Challenge Cup was the 46th edition of the United States Soccer Football Association's annual open soccer championship.


The McIlvaine Canvasbacks of San Pedro, California defeated Fall River SC in a contentious final. McIlvaine scored three unanswered goals in the first half, but Fall River came back, tying the score in the 88th minute. A minute later, Al Herman scored the winning goal for the Canvasbacks. Fall River disputed the goal and the team's trainer, Abel Botelho attacked Herman, leading to Botelho's ejection.



March 8 - April 12 April 26 - May 3
MA Fall River SC 3-1
NY New York Hakoah 1-1
MA Fall River SC 3-1
PA Ukrainian Nationals 1-1
PA Ukrainian Nationals 2-1
MI St. Andrews 1-1


February 8 - March 1 May 3
MO St. Louis Kutis 0-6
IL Chicago Lions 3-0
MO St. Louis Kutis 2
CA McIlvaine Canvasbacks 3
CA McIlvaine Canvasbacks 0-7
CA San Francisco 2-2


McIlvaine Canvasbacks (CA)4-3Fall River SC (MA)
Fred Cameron Goal Goal
Alex O'Neill Goal
Al Herman Goal 89'
Goal William Silva
Goal Jack Sharples
Goal 88' Allison
Rancho La Cienega Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: George Woods (USA)

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